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Difficult to relax after police lights go on

The commonly prescribed benzodiazepine known as Xanax is used to treat anxiety. Because it can have a detrimental effect on coordination and concentration, your ability to drive after taking Xanax (known in its generic form as alprazolam) might be compromised. In fact, you might be impaired to a degree by Xanax that a Denver police officer will notice that you are driving too slowly, having trouble staying in your lane, or having other difficulties.

When the police lights go on behind you, it can be difficult to stay relaxed. If you are impaired by Xanax or one of the similar drugs for treating anxiety, including Valium (diazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Ativan (lorazepam) or Lexotan (bromazepam), you can be arrested in Colorado and charged with DUID (driving under the influence of drugs).

And it's not just the listed medications that can cause impairment and result in a DUI/DUID. Any legal drug or illegal substance that causes you to be impaired can have the same result.

Of course, if a person combines alcohol and Xanax, it is likely that impairment will occur. The sedating effects of the medication will be multiplied by the alcohol, the National Alliance on Mental Illness states. The organization cautions Xanax users to refrain from driving until after they are sure of the effects of the medication on their coordination, concentration and perceptions.

Denver drivers facing a DUID charge after taking a prescribed medication might well feel frustrated and overwhelmed. You've taken what the doctor ordered and yet you find yourself in serious legal trouble.

An experienced DUI defense attorney knows how to navigate the legal system, representing you in DMV hearings and in negotiations with prosecutors and all court proceedings.

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